Guthrie Adds CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION To Their Season, Runs 5/20-6/13

Director Joe Dowling today announced that the Guthrie Theater has secured the rights for one of this season's most talked-about plays. Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker just ended its sold-out run at Playwrights Horizons in New York and the Guthrie will mount a production in the Dowling Studio from May 20 through June 13 (opening May 22), under the direction of Benjamin McGovern.

The cast of Circle Mirror Transformation includes Guthrie veterans Chris Carlson (The Falls), Tracey Maloney (The Glass Menagerie), Bill McCallum (Macbeth) and Angela Timberman (Third). One additional role is yet to be cast.

"One of the wonderful things about having the Dowling Studio is that it allows us to be flexible and take advantage of opportunities that arise," Dowling said. "Circle Mirror Transformation is a subtle comedy that will play beautifully in the Studio, and I'm thrilled to present it with Ben directing and with this extremely talented cast of actors."

Circle Mirror Transformation follows five small town Vermonters as they take a community acting class, each with their own expectations. They soon learn more about each other and themselves than they bargained for. Circle Mirror Transformation premiered at Playwrights Horizons in New York in October 2009 for a scheduled month long run. Due to its enormous popularity and critical acclaim (The New York Times called it "absorbing, unblinking and sharply funny"), it was extended several times and ran through January 2010.

Tickets for Circle Mirror Transformation range from $18 to $30 and are now on sale through the Guthrie Theater Box Office at 612.377.2224 or online at www.guthrietheater.org.

About the Guthrie
The Guthrie Theater, founded in 1963, is an American center for theater performance, production, education and professional training. The Guthrie is dedicated to producing the great works of dramatic literature, developing the work of contemporary playwrights and cultivating the next generation of theater artists. Led by Director Joe Dowling since 1995, the Guthrie opened its new three-theater home on the banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis in June 2006.

The Guthrie is located at 818 South 2nd Street (at Chicago Avenue), in downtown Minneapolis. To purchase tickets or season subscriptions call the Guthrie Box Office at 612.377.2224 or toll-free 877.44.STAGE. For more information, or to purchase tickets online, visit www.guthrietheater.org.

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